Chemicals to avoid

Style Magazine Newswire | 2/28/2013, noon | Updated on 2/28/2013, 11:59 a.m.
According to EWG, it is recommended that the following ingredients be avoided when shopping for cosmetics, body and skincare products

According to EWG, it is recommended that the following ingredients be avoided when shopping for cosmetics, body and skincare products:

• Phthalates – Used as a solvent in many cosmetic products, these are known as “endocrine disruptors,” because they mimic the body’s hormones and can cause reproductive and neurological damage.

• Parabens – A common preservative in many shampoos, moisturizers, etc., they imitate the hormone estrogen, which has been found to play a role in the development of breast cancers.

• Petrochemicals – These chemical products are derived from petroleum and include toluene, which is often used as a liquid solvent and can cause allergic reactions or skin.